Turning Archive 2005
>I finished turning the American Chestnut bowl. I did some reading on the American Chestnut and as the blight of the tree in the U.S. was key to the downfall of the leather tanning industry in the U.S., I thought fuming the bowl was an appropriate finish technique for the project as both relate to its high tannin content.
The bowl is sitting in a styrofoam container along with 2 small cups of household ammonia. It will be in there for about 14 hours before coming out to air for about another 12 hours and getting the first coat of finish. It is upside-down on top of some packing foam and weighted down. The weight is sitting on top of a piece of MDF wit 4 toothpicks in it to minimize surfacce contact. Hopefully, this will result in a fumed outside and an non-fumed inside (and rim). Dark outside, light inside.
One side note, the chestnut reacted very quickly to the woodburning tool when signing, so my usually sloppy signature is especially so on this piece.
I'll post before and after pictures after extraction from the tank.